For the last 40 years our charity, NBFA Assisting the Elderly, has been organising free respite breaks to encourage older people to build new friendships, develop confidence and make positive changes in their own lives.

 “I am like a snail that has come out of its shell and for that, I cannot thank you enough!”

NBFA Assisting the Elderly runs 6 – 8 breaks a year in the off peak season (October – March) at hotels and holiday camps at seaside locations. Up to 100 individuals join each break and spend 5 days, as a group, going on outings, learning new skills, taking part in activities and getting to know each other.

Guests are picked up from pre-determined pick up points by coach, and our charity cover the costs of coach travel, breakfast and dinner, accommodation and entertainment throughout the week.

NBFA Assisting the Elderly prioritises applications from individuals who are over 65, on low incomes and who haven’t benefited from a holiday for many years.   We also welcome applications from those who do not fit this criteria exactly but believe a respite break will make a significant different to their well-being and lives.  We cannot guarantee places but all applications are considered.

The programme of upcoming breaks is below. To apply for a named break please see the applications open when you can request application packs.  For this and more information, call Sophie – 0207 828 0200, or email You can also download application forms from

Destination Dates Coach Pick up points Applications open Deadline for applications
Bracklesham Bay, West Sussex   13th – 17th October 2014 Reading, Basingstoke, Newbury,Islington, Southwark,

Tower Hamlets

CLOSED September 1st 2014
Eastbourne, East Sussex   27th – 31st October 2014 Bedford, Luton, Milton Keynes, Wandsworth, Lewisham, Croydon CLOSED September 15th 2014
Bridlington,  East Riding of Yorkshire   8th – 12th December 2014 Barnsley, Wakefield, Leeds, Scunthorpe, Doncaster, Sheffield Open now October 27th 2014
Eastbourne, East Sussex   16th – 20th February 2015 Enfield, Hackney, Lambeth, Salisbury, Southampton, Portsmouth November 1st 2014 January 5th 2014
Morecambe, Lancashire   2nd – 6th March 2015 Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Stockport, Manchester, Preston November 14th 2014 January 19th 2015
Bracklesham Bay, West Sussex 16th – 20th March 2015 Haringey, Greenwich, Bromley, Kempston, Dunstable, Aylesbury December 15th 2014 February 2nd 2015



Development Officer
£28-£35k pro-rata, dependent on experience
3 days a week (or equiv flexible working)
Permanent /contract considered

NBFA Assisting the Elderly is a small dynamic charity seeking an experienced and motivated fundraiser to kick-start a new fundraising operation. The charity is looking to refresh its programmes and support for elderly people and the post-holder will play a key part in those developments. You will lead on fundraising strategy and planning to drive new income through enhanced trust and foundation giving and introducing new fundraising activities, to meet the growth needs of the organisation.

Working hand in hand with the Executive Director, who is also an experienced fundraiser, there is huge opportunity for personal impact and development. The right person will have proven relevant skills and experience. We are offering part-time or flexible working equivalent to 3 days a week. There may be an opportunity to make the role full-time at a later stage, if desired.

Please submit a CV and cover letter to  or call for an informal discussion on 020 7828 0200 during office hours.

No agencies please. is a website set up by Alex Ingram and Deborah Stone with the intention of helping people care for ageing family or friends. The site is packed full of information which helps you find the answers to the questions you might have, whether you need specific information on care options, local authority funding, or how to keep them active, busy and healthy. There are many helpful articles on how you can cope with the stress of looking after your family and friends as they age, a recent addition of which is a piece written by our volunteer Alex Gladstone about loneliness and isolation, and some of the facilities that may be available for help.

If you have elderly loved ones, why not take a look at the site?

I’m James and I volunteer with NBFA helping out with developing the Charity’s online presence. I first got involved with NBFA in March of this year and as I’m based in Manchester, all the work I do is remote. I have very much enjoyed volunteering with NBFA and despite the distance, I still get a sense of involvement in what the charity is doing.

NBFA provide valuable services for isolated elderly people and provide assistance that makes a big difference to the lives of the charity’s beneficiaries and it’s been a fantastic opportunity to be able to be a part of this in any capacity.

My work with NBFA covers a number of different things. I write posts for the blog about topics relevant to the work of the charity, I manage the charity’s Google Advertising account (free for charities!) and just offer general advice regarding promoting and improving the organisation’s online offering.

Volunteering with NBFA has provided me with an opportunity to feed my passion for digital marketing and gain new experiences outside of my day job whilst helping a really good cause in the process.  NBFA is a very worthy cause and it has been more than a pleasure to be involved in the work they do.

NBFA are always keen to hear from people interested to find out more about volunteering and there are lots of ways to get involved in the organisation’s work. From office based support, to assisting on the charity’s Day trips & Breaks-Away or helping out with updating the blog if you’d like to get involved, get in touch!

My name is Flora and for the last few months I have been interning with the Fundraising Officer here at the NBFA office in Victoria. Learning the ins and outs of the fundraising world has been a fascinating experience and knowing I’m coming to the office everyday to directly help people who are in need makes everything I do feel worthwhile.  Despite what some may think, there is so much more to fundraising than standing on the street with a bucket! The process of finding and applying for funding can be time consuming and complex but the satisfying results at the end make it worth the hard work.   As the charity itself is relatively small I never feel like a spare part because every job plays a vital role in NBFA’s work.

I initially started volunteering in the office last year, looking for something that would give me work experience and a change of scenery from university life. As a student I am presented with opportunities to meet new people and experience new things every day, something which I often take for granted. Some of the individuals we work with go weeks without seeing friends or family, an incomprehensible situation for many of us. The work NBFA did was so unique and I had grandparents in a similar situation to many of its beneficiaries, so it was a cause close to my heart. There is no other charity that provides services quite like these so I’m thrilled to be part of the organisation.

Over the last week it has been my job to start NBFA’s Autumn Appeal JustGiving campaign, aimed at raising much needed money to support our services as they become more in demand over the coming months. As the weather gets colder, older people will find themselves more at risk of becoming isolated and feeling cut off from their communities. This campaign could provide a pain free winter thanks to a TENS Pain Relief Machine or a Christmas Break-Away for someone who hasn’t had a holiday in years!

JustGiving is the world’s largest platform for online giving and with the increasing use of social media, its certain to represent the future of fundraising. Not only can you donate online via the appeal page but there is also the option of simply sending a text. This money goes straight to the grand total on our appeal page. There really has never been an easier way for people to support our work!

Every penny goes straight towards helping the elderly people we work with, so please spread the word!  Any amount, no matter how big or small, will be invaluable in supporting this wonderful charity.

If you would like to donate or just want to find out more about our work please visit our JustGiving page –

Heather and Marjory, two homesharers in London

As you may know, we celebrated our 50th anniversary in 2007. Our services have changes over the years but our core commitment remains steadfast. Here’s a short history of the NBFA.

Starting out

We began by providing TVs to elderly people, to try and combat isolation. By giving these older people (often with mobility problems) a television set, we provided an important link to the outside world as well as visual and aural stimulation.


Our ever popular Breaks-Away programme began in 1971, providing much needed breaks and social companionship to those who could not afford to go away. To date we’ve taken over 50,000 people away!

TENS machines

In 1982 we started providing TENS pain relief machines to help give long-term pain relief for chronic conditions, such as arthritis. Thanks to our donors we are able to give more than 600 older people each year a machine to help them relieve pain.

Emergency alarms

We started offering emergency alarms in 1992. If you’re concerned about nobody being made aware if you fall ill or have an accident or emergency, then the Check & Go system is an ideal situation.

50 years

2007 was a busy year! We won a medal for our garden display at the Chelsea Flower Show,  and were mentioned in House of Commons by MP Paul Burstow:

That this House congratulates the National Benevolent Fund for the Aged on its 50th anniversary; commends the work it does to help those older people in the UK living on a low income; applauds the hard work and commitment of all the volunteers that enable the life-enriching services it offers; applauds the generosity and hard work of the benefactors and donors of the Trust in providing all the financial support on which it depends; and calls on the Government to do more to support the work of this organisation and others like it in helping the disadvantaged elderly living on low incomes or in poverty.


To keep assisting the elderly we need your help:

Tens pain relief machinesOne of the current services the NBFA offer are free TENS Pain Relief Machines.

TENS, or Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation is the use of electric current to stimulate the nerves for therapeutic and pain relief purposes. TENS machines are used to treat both acute and chronic pain, stimulating the bodies natural defences against pain by delivering small electrical pulses through electrodes attached to the skin. The electrical current acts in a number of ways to relax the person using the machine and reduce their pain.

The NBFA offers TENS machines to elderly people in the UK who are on a low income and might not otherwise be able to afford this product which can greatly improve a person’s quality of life as well as potentially decreasing their reliability on pain killers. In the last year, we’ve donated over two hundred TENS Machines to individuals and physiotherapists across the country and provided an important service to elderly people suffering pain to help them live a more independent and comfortable life.

One beneficiary of the NBFA’s free TENS pain relief machine said “It’s given me my life back” whilst another said “I cannot wait to start. The relief from aches and pains of the last four years will be like Christmas seven days of the week”. At the NBFA, TENS units are just one of several ways we work with the elderly, particularly low income or socially isolated older people, to improve their quality of life.


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